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WATERTOWN — The 22nd annual National Association of Letter Carriers Stamp Out Hunger Food Drive happens Saturday.

In tandem with the U.S. Postal Service, Campbell Soup, Feeding America and other partners, the food drive collects nonperishable food items for local pantries in communities where post offices participate.

According to a Postal Service news release, 74 million pounds of food were collected nationwide during the 2013 event. More than 1 billion pounds of food have been donated in the past 21 years.

North country residents can help by contributing canned meats, canned or boxed meals, canned or dried beans and peas, pasta, rice, cereal, canned fruits, fruit juice, canned vegetables, cooking oil, baby food and boxed cooking mixes.

The Postal Service requests there be no rusty, unlabeled, glass, perishable, homemade, noncommercial or alcoholic items.

Nonperishable items collected should be placed in a plastic grocery bag.

, so letter carriers can easily pick up the goods when they deliver a resident’s mail.

The food drive comes at a crucial time for food pantries, according to the news release. That’s because they must prepare for visitors during the summer when children are on vacation, and therefore may not have access to school breakfast and lunch.

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